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Fountain Inn man killed in Clinton shooting

Clinton Police are investigating a shooting death that happened Tuesday night on or near Academy Street.

Kevern Dimone Simmons, 29, of Fountain Inn has been identified by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office as the victim in the shooting. He was found dead at in a grassy field inside his car near First Pentecostal Church on Academy Street.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Simmons apparently was wounded and then drove toward the church, where he wrecked his vehicle, police said.

According to a release from the Clinton Police Department, Simmons had already suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound in the arm the previous night, around 10 o’clock on Monday, Aug. 31. He was treated and released from Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

As Clinton police officers were still in the area working on the Simmons case Tuesday night, officers heard a gunshot in the area about 9:20 p.m. It is believed to have been from the 700 block of West Main Street in Clinton. They later learned that a woman had been treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at Prisma Laurens County Hospital.

Investigators from the CPD are attempting to discern whether or not the two shootings are related.

The CPD has also asked for the public’s assistance to provide more information regarding both incidents. Anyone with information can call Capt. Tyrone Goggins or Investigator Shane Prather at 864-833-7512. Tipsters can also call CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIMESC (888-274-6372) to report anonymously.

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